Sokoto State Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Sani Kaoje has ordered a total enforcement of social restriction orders aimed at forestalling the spread of COVID-19 among people of the state.
COVID-19: Police enforce social restriction orders in Sokoto
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
“Henceforth, any gathering of more than 50 persons, be it that of policemen or otherwise, requires the written permission of the commissioner of police with effect from Monday,” Kaoje added.
The CP also enjoined citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimise official visits, except where absolutely necessary.
Kaoje also ordered the Command’s Heads of Departments and Divisional Police Officers across the state and all Police Area Commanders to enforce social restriction orders within their areas of jurisdictions.
He warned against unwarranted arrests and detention of suspects by operatives of Sokoto State Command.
The decision was in compliance with the directive of Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammad A. Adamu which is a demonstration of the Nigeria Police concern and support for various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria to check the spread of the disease.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad A. Sadiq and issued to newsmen in Sokoto, Tuesday.
“As a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Corona virus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has on the general public, coupled with the anxieties it has generated so far, the Sokoto State Police Command in compliance with the directive of Inspector General of Police has enforced the order with immediate affect.
“All police officers are therefore enjoined to be medically conscious and take the measures to ensure self-protection and prevention of further transmission of the scourge,” they added.
Similarly, all emergencies and suspected cases should be channeled to the emergency unit or call the following numbers: 07019699968, 07068848035.